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Easter in Canberra: Your ultimate guide

HerCanberra Team

Hop into a stellar long weekend with these events and activities! 

Whether you’re looking to keep chocolate-fuelled little ones entertained or keen to party the long weekend away, we have some ideas.

THE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL 2018

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With more than 200 international and national acts, Canberra’s award-winning National Folk Festival is set to be a five-day celebration of music, song and dance plus circus, spoken word and film.

It’s held in an idyllic village setting with roving entertainers, street circus, stages of all sizes, a special “KidzFest” zone, market stalls, food vans, shopping precincts, cafes, themed bars and arts and craft activities for all.

Offering ‘five days in a perfect world’, the 52nd National Folk Festival runs throughout Easter, 29 March—2 April 2018 at Exhibition Park, Canberra. Tickets on sale now (entry ticket provides access to all stages and areas, season passes and day tickets available).

Featuring: More than 200 international and national acts, workshops, master classes, parades, roving entertainment, food and market stalls in an idyllic village environment

29 March – 2 April | Exhibition Park, corner Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell | folkfestival.org.au or phone 6262 4792 or email [email protected].

EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA KIDS HIGH TEA

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Hop your way into the first ever Kids High Tea! Experience a fun-filled morning at First Edition Canberra with craft, music and games for an Easter Extravaganza!

There will be plenty of egg-citing activities for the kids to enjoy, while you can sit back and relax with delicious food and drinks. First Edition’s Kids High Tea is all about children and they will enjoy:

– Kids high tea
– Face painting
– Colouring in
– Egg and bag decorating
– Easter treasure hunt
– Music and dancing
– And much more!

Do you think you will find where all the Easter eggs have been hidden?

Monday 26 March from 11am-1pm | First Edition Canberra, 65 Northbourne Avenue, Level 1, City | firsteditioncanberra.com.au

THE GREAT EASTER EGG TRAIL

Credit: Museum of Australian Democracy.

Hop along to the cleverest Easter egg trail in town at the Museum of Australian Democracy on Easter Sunday! Explore the wonder of Old Parliament House while collecting tasty treats and enjoying activities in the courtyards.

Breakfast is also a must, with Rotary Club hosting a hot BBQ breakfast!

Bookings are essential but the event is free!

Sunday 1 April from 8am-1:30 pm | Museum of Australian Democracy | 18 King George Terrace, Parkes | www.moadoph.gov.au

Cartier: The Exhibition

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Bling up your long weekend with the latest Canberra blockbuster!

Cartier: The Exhibition is a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels, featuring items from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier collection showing exclusively at the National Gallery of Australia.

Immerse yourself in over 300 spectacular items, including royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Highlights include the Queen’s ‘Halo’ tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace, Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.

Step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by our rich program of talks, tours and events and Cartier: The Exhibition catalogue.

On show until 22 July | 10 am – 5 pm each day | National Gallery of Australia, Parkes | nga.gov.au

ADULTS ONLY EASTER EGG HUNT

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The Duxton in O’Connor are opening their doors this Easter weekend with their usual trading hours and entertainment. As a bonus, you are invited to scour the bar for hidden Easter eggs, dinner vouchers, drink cards and more as part of their Adults Only Easter Egg Hunt!

Don’t let kids be the only ones celebrating the long weekend and participate this Saturday 31 March from 3 pm to 8 pm.

Duxton at O’Connor | Cnr Sargood & MacPherson Sts, O’Connor | theduxton.com.au

EASTER AT THE HYPERDOME

The Easter bunny will be at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome on Saturday 31 March from 11am-2pm, handing out Easter eggs. They also have some activities on in the Lifestyle centre.

  • Easter themed pet photos will be hosted in the Lifestyle centre from 1 pm – 4 pm.
  • The Easter Bunny will also be making another appearance exclusively in lifestyle from 2 pm – 4 pm.
  • Best friends Pets will be hosting a scavenger hunt in store. They may be getting in some baby rabbits that kids can play with but they are still to confirm this.
  • Lincraft will be hosting craft activities in the Lifestyle Centre from 11 am – 4 pm.

The centre’s opening hours are:

  • March 30: centre closed
  • March 31st: 10am-4pm
  • April 1st: 10am-4pm
  • April 2nd: 10am-4pm

BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE BY NAKKIAH LUI

Image credit: Rene Vaile

Love, politics and other things you shouldn’t talk about at dinner. At the centre of this production is Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love.

The thing is, her fiancé, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white! Inviting him and his conservative parents to Christmas is a bold move that has all sorts of unintended consequences.

Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries get sorted through. With a toe-tapping soundtrack and an array of brilliant, eccentric, loveable characters, this is a great night in the theatre and a thoroughly beguiling, very Australian story from award-winning playwright Nakkiah Lui.

28-31 March | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/black-is-the-new-white 

TIDBINBILLA SANCTUARY CELEBRATIONS

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Earn that chocolate by escaping into the great outdoors this weekend! The Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla is celebrating 10 years since its re-opening with a packed program of crafts, bird-watching, forest walks, dinner under the stars and more!

Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April | Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, on Paddys River Road | tidbinbilla.act.gov.au/experience/events

EASTER AT WESTFIELD WODEN

The Easter Bunny himself will be coming down to Westfield Woden, where families can get a photo with the special guy, along with receiving some delicious chocolate treats on Saturday 31 March between 1:30 PM – 3 PM. 

There will also be an Easter Scavenger Hunt in-centre where customers can collect their clue sheet from Concierge, follow the clues around the centre and complete the hunt to claim their delicious prize – an Easter Egg! The hunt will be available to customers daily until Monday 2 April (excluding Good Friday).

Westfield Woden, Keltie Street, Phillip

PORTOBELLO ROAD ON EASTER SUNDAY – ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES

After the chocolate egg hunt, it’s a hunt for original antiques, jewellery and collectables with Portobello Road.

So take a break from the chocolate and the hot cross buns and fossick through an eclectic mix of quirky and interesting treasures. The fun is in the hunt and you’re bound to find something you love and that has a story to tell.

Sunday 1 April from 10am-4pm | Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | See the website for more information

Free Rain Theatre Presents 42nd Street

One of show business’s most classic a beloved tales, 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a young performer with stars in her eyes, who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, armed with her tap shoes and big dreams. Peggy’s talent catches the eye of Broadway director Julian Marsh, who gives her a spot in the chorus of Pretty Lady, his newest show. Peggy’s rise from showgirl to star is the stuff of show business dreams.

42nd Street is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards such as ‘Lullaby of Broadway‘ and ‘Shuffle Off to Buffalo’, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers including ‘We’re in the Money’ and ‘Forty-Second Street’.

Free-Rain Theatre’s production of 42nd Street an amazing, uplifting, high energy show and quite simply this show has the wow factor.

26 March – 16 April | The Q, 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan | theq.net.au/42nd-street

Another Day in Paradise

Artwork: Myuran Sukumaran, (detail) Self portrait, Time is Ticking, 25 April 2015. Oil on canvas, 100 x 80cm.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre presents Another Day in Paradise, a major exhibition by artist Myuran Sukumaran. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of artworks by leading Australian artists, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Khaled Sabsabi, and Matthew Sleeth, whose works respond to the death penalty and profile human rights.

Curated by Ben Quilty and Michael Dagostino, Another Day in Paradise was developed by Campbelltown Arts Centre and first presented as part of Sydney Festival. This exhibition presents a vast and sobering series of powerful portraits by Sukumaran, painted during his incarceration at Bali’s Kerobokan jail and from his final incarceration on Nusa Kambangan Island.

Another Day in Paradise highlights the importance of forgiveness and compassion for humanity, while proving the profound power of art to change lives.

Until 29 April | Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137, Reed Street North, Greenway | tuggeranongarts.com/events/another-day-in-paradise

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